LITTLE BOXES

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LITTLE BOXES
“Little Boxes” is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 that lampoons the
development of suburbia and what many consider its bourgeois conformist values. It is
best known through Pete Seeger‘s performance of the song. Little Boxes refers to the
areas of Daly City, California built in the post-war era by Henry Doelger, particularly the
neighborhood of Westlake. The term ticky tacky” became a catch-phrase during the
1960s as a result of the song, and the word “tacky” came to refer to anything that was
garishly unattractive or tasteless in appearance. Tom Lehrer described Little Boxes as
“the most sanctimonious song ever written,” a description that some people believed was
negative.
Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes
Little boxes
Little boxes all the same
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same
And the people in the houses all go to the university
And they all get put in boxes, little boxes all the same
And there’s doctors and there’s lawyers
And business executives
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same
And they all play on the golf course and drink their martini dry
And they all have pretty children and the children go to school
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university
And they all get put in boxes, and they all come out the same
And the boys go into business and marry and raise a family
And they all get put in boxes, little boxes all the same
There’s a green one, and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same